Success in one or other of the leading 2yo sprints often translates into substantial success as a stallion, as the likes of Oasis Dream, Dark Angel, Dutch Art, Showcasing, Mastercraftsman and Zoffany have shown in recent years. Ivawood was an easy winner of two of these prestigious juvenile races – the Gr.2 July Stakes and Gr.2 Richmond Stakes – and he went within a nose of winning the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes on unsuitably soft ground.
This grandson of Invincible Spirit showed that he was more than just a precocious juvenile by finishing third to Gleneagles in both the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. In being placed in the 2,000 Guineas he followed in the footsteps of his great-grandsire Green Desert, another July Stakes winner who has proved enormously influential as a stallion.
Ivawood is such a good-looking individual that he cost 220,000gns as a yearling, even though he was conceived at a fee of only €5,000. He also has some impressive bloodlines. His second dam Kinnaird won the Gr.2 May Hill Stakes at two and the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera at four. Kinnaird is also the dam of Berkshire, a Group-winner at two and three, and a 2014 colt by Nathaniel which sold for 525,000gns as a yearling.
Ivawood shares the same broodmare sire, Red Ransom, as the Coventry Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes winner War Command,
Ivawood’s grandsire Invincible Spirit is one of two sons of Green Desert which have sired a pair of Gr.1 winners from MACHIAVELLIAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of GULCH and ZAMINDAR. Ivawood could suit mares by Machiavellian’s son MEDICEAN, broodmare sire of Invincible Spirit’s smart daughter Local Time and his Group-placed 2yo son Elronaq. Other options are daughters of LOPE DE VEGA (inbred 3×3 to Machiavellian) or mares by SHAMARDAL and DARK ANGEL (both out of Machiavellian mares). Dark Angel creates 5×5 to AHONOORA.
Ivawood’s family has produced a Gr.3 winner to DUBAWI.
The AHONOORA line is likely to be an effective means of reinforcing Ivawood’s juvenile talent. Invincible Spirit has a tremendous 20% stakes winners with his 35 foals out of INDIAN RIDGE mares, with three Group winners among seven stakes winners. Invincible Spirit’s son Lawman has Gr.3 winners out of daughters of INCHINOR and INDIAN RIDGE. COMPTON PLACE, a son of INDIAN RIDGE, sired the Irish 2,000 Guineas second Shifting Power from Ivawood’s family.
Another option would be mares by ACCLAMATION. Invincible Spirit has several talented performers out of mares by Acclamation’s sire ROYAL APPLAUSE, plus a Gr.2 winner from a mare by Royal Applause’s sire WAAJIB.
DANZIG will be back in the fifth generation of Ivawood’s foals, which opens the door to the many mares from this male line. Invincible Spirit’s top-class 2015 2yo Shalaa and his very smart sprinter Muthmir are inbred 3×3 to DANZIG. Ivawood has the potential to thrive with mares by fast sons of DANEHILL.
Invincible Spirit has Group winners out of daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, MONTJEU and GALILEO and one of his sons has a Group winner with a SADLER’S WELLS dam.
Mares from the NUREYEV line could also suit, in view of Invincible Spirit’s fine record with mares by PIVOTAL and FASLIYEV. Daughters of KYLLACHY are another option. PEINTRE CELEBRE sired a good winner from Ivawood’s family in the form of the smart Salford Mill, who became a top winner in Hong Kong as Helene Mascot.
The BLUSHING GROOM line demands respect. Lawman has two Gr.1 winners with dams by RAINBOW QUEST, while Invincible Spirit sired the outstanding Moonlight Cloud from a mare by SPECTRUM.
A son of Invincible Spirit has two Group winners out of LINAMIX mares.
Ivawood’s sire, the very fast and precocious Zebedee, has also sired the smart sprinter Magical Memory from a CADEAUX GENEREUX mare.
A DUAL GR.2 WINNER AT 2 YEARS
DUAL CLASSIC PLACED MILER AT 3 YEARS.